Positive Leaders

Positive Leaders

Are you someone who is living with HIV? Do you want to make an impact by exercising your voice in politics or with the media? If this sounds like you, then we want you to apply for our Positive Leaders program.

Who are Positive Leaders?

Positive Leaders are people living with HIV who volunteer as HIV advocates. As a Positive Leader, you’ll learn about HIV public policy issues and how to make a difference for the HIV community. You’ll also participate as a leader in events such as AIDS Action Day at the Minnesota State Capitol.

How Do I Become a Positive Leader?
To be considered for the Positive Leaders program, you’ll first need to submit an application. Here’s what we’re looking for people who enjoy communicating and want to learn how to talk with the media, lawmakers, and others about HIV. 

Selection
We select Positive Leaders based on the answers you provide in your application along with an interview process. We will keep the information you provide in your application confidential. Our staff will notify you if you’re selected.

Expectations
We rely on our Positive Leaders to be the public face of HIV advocacy in Minnesota. If you’re selected for the program, here’s what we’ll expect from you:

  • You’ll participate fully in all Positive Leader activities
  • You’ll be committed to the program’s goals of advancing HIV policy and building the network of HIV advocates in Minnesota
  • You’ll attend an in-person training in the fall
  • You’ll participate in AIDS Action Day -- the annual day of lobbying at the State Capitol

Questions? We’re happy to answer them. Call Matt Toburen at (612) 373-2461 or email publicpolicy@mnaidsproject.org.

In the meantime, you can stay connected to HIV advocacy issues and Positive Leaders recruitment information by subscribing to the HIV Action Network or following us on Facebook.